TCW Wrestler of the Week – Evan Wick – San Marino High School (S)
What a prodigious weekend the rising Junior Evan Wick out of San Marino High had. Evan was not anticipated to advance so deep in the tournament according to many national wrestling outlets. However, with the help of the California USA Wrestling staff, and his Titan Mercury Coaches Mo Mora and Olympian John Azevedo, Wick bulldozed his way into the 152 lbs. final with wins over the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation at the time – Hayden Hidlay of team Pennsylvania (14-13) and the No. 4 ranked wrestler, Griffin Parriott of team Minnesota via a pin (5:46) to finish in the runner-up position. Evan’s wrestling style had all the college coaches in attendance in awe as they gazed on his run to the finals of the tournament.
Due to his great performance at USA Wrestling Junior Nationals, Evan has been selected as this week’s TCW Wrestler of the Week.
TCW Team of the Week – California Junior Women’s Team
California’s women’s Junior National Team deserves this award and many more for their extraordinary achievement at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Tournament. With 29 of its members gathering All-American honors and two National Champions in Sariyah Jones (105 lbs.) and Gracie Figueroa (117 lbs.), the team showed the rest of the country why they’re the best when it comes to women’s wrestling. Team California outscored second placed New York by 78 points to claim their sixth consecutive National Title. Team California wasn’t done dominating the competition. The following day, Team California won the Freestyle Junior Duals by winning Pool “A” with wins over New England (44-13), Texas (56-1) and New York (51-7) to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Pool. Once in the Gold Pool they defeated Texas (38-14) and New York (43-11) to claim the National Dual Tournament.
Gracie Figueroa (Selma High) and Sariyah Jones (Enoch High)
Congratulations to all the young ladies that participated in the event and helped California become National Champions.
According to the Clash website http://www.clashmn.com/ Buchanan and Vacaville High will be attending the event that is scheduled to take place January 1-2, 2016. Buchanan High finished the regular season ranked No. 7 by FloWrestling and No. 12 by Intermat.
Buchanan had a phenomenal 2014-2015 season that included placing 4th in the CIF state tournament as a team, and having D.J Lloren win an individual state championship at 120 lbs. Nine varsity wrestlers from the Bears will be back for the 2015-2016 season. Buchanan is one of the favorites to dethrone cross town rival – Clovis High – from winning their sixth consecutive CIF state tournament.
Vacaville High has been attending The Clash Tournament since its creation in 2003. Their best showing in the tournament was in 2014 when they won the Third Bracket and finished 9th overall in the tournament. However, many individuals have gotten All-Tournament Team due to their great wrestling in the event. These honor with All-Clash Tournament are – Brett Sloan (2003), John Anthony Fracchia (2004), Kyle Dubs (2004), Jon Feld (2004), Anton De Leon (2004), Kody Klaus (2005), Clayton Jack (2005), Kody Klaus (2008), Johnny Schupp (2011), Kasey Klaus (2012), Chris Lai (2012), Gionn Peralta (2014), and Jeramy Sweany (2014).
The TCW congratulates St. John Bosco’s Zahid Valencia for being chosen the 2015 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year. He joins fellow Californian’s Lawrence Jackson (Santa Monica – 1986) and Morgan McIntosh (Calvary Chapel – 2011) with this distinguished honor.
ASICS Boys High School Wrestler of the Year
1986 – Lawrence Jackson, California
1987 – Dan Knight, Iowa
1988 – Alan Fried, Ohio
1989 – Adam Mariano, New York
1990 – Ray Brinzer, Pennsylvania
1991 – Scott Schluchter, Oklahoma
1992 – Cary Kolat, Pennsylvania
1993 – Joe Williams, Illinois
1994 – Oscar Wood, Oregon
1995 – Sean Hage, Georgia
1996 – David Kjeldgaard, Iowa
1997 – Kenny Cox, Oregon
1998 – T.J. Hill, Missouri
1999 – Damion Hahn, New Jersey
2000 – Jesse Jantzen, New York
2001 – Steven Mocco, New Jersey
2002 – Zack Esposito, New Jersey
2003 – Roger Kish, Michigan
2004 – Dustin Schlatter, Ohio
2005 – Troy Nickerson, New York
2006 – Henry Cejudo, Colorado
2007 – Cody Gardner, Virginia
2008 – Jason Chamberlain, Utah
2009 – David Taylor, Ohio
2010 – Logan Stieber, Ohio
2011 – Morgan McIntosh, California
2012 – Taylor Massa, Michigan
2013 – Kyle Snyder, Maryland
2014 – Chance Marsteller, Pennsylvania
2015 – Zahid Valencia, California
HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA ASICS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS
Coach Scott Seeley (Photo courtesy of Victor Valley College)
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Victorville, CA – In 2004, Scott Seeley took over the Rams wrestling team with the optimism of building a power in the Desert area. With such strong high school wrestling teams near the college like – Hesperia, Sultana, Apple Valley, Granite Hill, Oak Hills, Victor Valley and many more, the future looked promising for Coach Seeley and staff. On Seeley’s first season as a head coach, he was able to help Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) become an All-American by placing fourth in the event.
2010 State Champion Victor Lopez
In 2007, Seeley helped Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) become the first finalist for him and the second All-American in his young coaching career. Things really began to look upward for the Rams in 2010 when as a team they placed 10th in the state and had two All-Americans. Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) became the first National Champion for Coach Seeley; his other All-America was Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) who placed fourth in the tournament. Lopez received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the 2010 season after his dominating performance in the state tournament.
2011 State Champion Ryan McWatters with Coach Seeley
In 2011 Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) and Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) became the fifth and sixth All-American for Coach Seeley after both wrestlers won the consolation finals. With all the success Coach Seeley was having during his tenure at Victor Valley, fans were expecting more great things out of the wrestling team for the time ahead.
No Wrestling Team In 2014
In 2014, Coach Seeley received the devastating news that shocked the Victor Valley wrestling squad and the rest of the California Community College Athletic Association members, when it was told that the Rams were not going to participate in the 2014 season due to lack of interest by the student body. The news prompted Coach Seeley to take matters into his own hands and help keep the Victor valley team alive and ready to compete in the 2015 season.
Coach Seeley said interested wrestlers should contact him immediately at 760-524-2568 so that they can take a physical and get enrolled in classes.
“I genuinely want to fill the room,” Coach Seeley said. “Last year was a tough year for us. It won’t happen again.”
The Community College wrestling season is set to begin September 12.
All-Americans and Place winners for Victor Valley from 2004-2013
Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) All-American -2004
John Lee (149 lbs.) 8th-2004
Carl Riding (125 lbs.) 7th – 2006
Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) All-American -2007
Jeff Jones (275 lbs.) 5th -2008
Ray Bowen (141 lbs.) -7th 2008
Tim Quigg (125 lbs.) 7th -2008
Reggie Rubio (133 lbs.) 8th – 2009
Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) All-American -2010
Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) First state champion -2010
Jimmy Araiza (149 lbs.) 8th -2010
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) National Champion -2012
Mr. Rob Roy Being Presented With The Dick Riggle Award
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Fargo, ND – The 2015 USA Wrestling National Tournament has concluded and has been written in the record books to be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Over 4, 700 plus wrestlers from across the country as wells as Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense school in Europe, were represented in this outstanding event. One of our own preeminent officials in the Golden State – Rob Roy – was acknowledged at the Cadets National tournament in Fargo this year by receiving the “Dick Riggle Award”. This award is presented by the US Wrestling Officials Association as the Cadets National Outstanding Official.
“It was a great honor to be chosen as the top official at Fargo for Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman,” said Rob Roy
The native from New Jersey was first introduced to the sport of wrestling in the fall of 1972 after watching Richard Sanders (57 kg.), Dan Gable (68 kg.), Wayne Wells (74 kg.), John Peterson (82 kg.), Ben Peterson (90 kg.) and Chris Taylor (100-plus kg.) do so well at the 1972 Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich, West Germany.
“I relocated from New Jersey to California in 1972. I was 4’11” and the eight-foot baskets from my east coast junior high were suddenly ten feet high in California. I hadn’t grown with the game, so wrestling seemed like a safe choice.”
Since the 70’s, Rob has competed and officiated many high school wrestling events. As a competitor, Rob was a match away from gathering All-American honors in collegiate wrestling. Family duties made Rob stepped away from the sport that he loved the most for a bit. Nevertheless, after a brief hiatus from wrestling, Rob came back to California USA Wrestling in 1995. Since then, Rob has officiated many local, state and regional events like the Central Section Masters, Doc Buchanan Tournament, and the first four CIF Girls State Championships. In the national scene, Rob has officiated 19 different National Championships and about eighth USA Wrestling Fargo Championships. Congratulations Rob Roy, we in California are so honored to have you represent the Golden State with nobility and class.
Mr. Roy Officiating A Wrestling Match
TEAM CALIFORNIA – JUNIOR FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS ’15
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Fargo, ND – Team California finished the 2015 USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals with a total of seven All-Americans and in sixth place in the team standings. Liam Cronin of Servite High (106 lbs.), Navonte Demison of Bakersfield High (126 lbs.) and Evan Wick of San Marino High (152 lbs.) were the lone finalists for Team California.
The first Cadet Freestyle National finalist for Team California was Servite Friar and CIF state finalist at 106 pounds, Liam Cronin. It was not going to be an easy assignment for Liam to try and win a National Title over the Illinois wrestler, Louis Hayes. You see, earlier this week, Hayes had won the Greco-Roman Junior Division with ease. In fact, prior to competing in the 2015 National Tournament, Hayes had previously been a five-time USA Wrestling Fargo All-American in the Junior and Cadet Divisions. During the course of the tournament, Louis Hayes toyed around with all the competitors he met as he won five matches via tech fall and one by a pin in 3:00. Louis Hayes defeated Liam Cronin (10-0) in the finals to become a Double Fargo National Champion.
Liam Cronin – Servite High (SS)
The second finalist for Team California was Bakersfield Driller and CIF state finalist at 120 pounds, Navonte Demison. Navonte became the second member of the Demison family to place at Fargo Nationals. Navonte’s older brother, Natrelle a current collegiate wrestler for the Air Force Academy, placed twice in the Freestyle Cadet Division in 2009 (7th at 119 lbs.) and in 2010 (5th at 130 lbs.). Navonte was considered the dark horse wrestler going into his final’s match versus the three-time Division I finalist from the Buckeye state, Austin Assad. Assad was a returning 2014 Junior Freestyle National Champion and one of the favorites to win the event once again. Unfortunately, Austin Assad defeated Navonte Demison (13-2) to become a two-time USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Champion.
Navonte Demison – Bakersfield High (CS)
The final hope for Team California to earn an individual National Championship was Evan Wick of San Marino High at 152 lbs. The rising junior, redeem himself by getting to the finals of this event in dominant fashion after going 1-2 in the tournament last year. Evan began his quest of being a National Champion by defeating two-time Nebraska state champion, Zemua Baptista (12-0) in the third round. In the fourth round, Evan defeated the No. 1 wrestler in the nation according to FloWrestling in Hayden Hidlay of Team Pennsylvania (14-13) with a late takedown in the closing seconds of the match to ensure him a spot in the quarterfinals. Evan took care of business in the quarterfinals when he defeated 2014 USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle All-American, Austin Hiles of Team Ohio (10-0) to punch his ticket to the semifinals of the tournament. In the semifinals of the tournament, Evan met the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the nation by Flowrestling in Griffin Parriott of Team Minnesota. Someone forgot to send Evan a memo that he was facing a highly touted wrestler as he pinned Griffin in 5:46. Lamentably, Evan lost to Minnesota Gopher recruit, Larry Early (12-8) to settle for the runner-up spot at 152 pounds.
Evan Wick – San Marino High (SS)
Evan’s high school teammates Zander Wick (145 lbs.) and Luke Troy (152 lbs.) were likewise able to garner All-American honors in the event for Team California. Zander lost his first match by regular decision (5-4) to Leonard Merkin of Team New York. Despite the lost, Zander managed to win eight consecutive matches to gain All-American honors. His other defeat in the tournament came at the hands of Max Thomsen of Team Iowa (12-2). Zander and Thomsen are well familiar with each other as both met in the month of April during the finals of the Cliff Keen Folk Style National Tournament. Zander and Evan became All-Americans for the first time in this event this year. Sophomore sensation Luke Troy, showed the nation, why he is considered one of the best wrestlers in the Golden State this weekend at 152 pounds. Coming on to the quarterfinals, Luke had the hard task of facing the No. 2 wrestler in the nation in Austin Kraisser of Team Maryland, a very skilled wrestler with a great wrestling resume. During the match with Kraisser, Luke Troy managed to control the pace of the match and get the (10-4) win to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. In the semifinals, Luke ran into a wall in Larry Early of Team Illinois and lost (11-4). Luke took no pity on his consolation semifinal opponent as he defeated the No. 12 wrestler in the nation, Wyatt Sheets of Team Oklahoma (14-4) to advance to the third place match where he met Hayden Hidlay of Team Pennsylvania. Hidlay defeated Luke troy (11-0) and placed third in the tournament.
Zander Wick and Luke Troy of San Marino High
The last All-Americans for Team California were Darryl Aiello of De La Salle High and Christian Ayala of Pacifica High at 220 pounds. Both athletes met in the fifth place bout where Ayala defeated Aiello (10-6) to take fifth place in the tournament.
Christian Ayala and Darryl Aiello
The TCW congratulates all TEAM CALIFORNIA Fargo All-Americans for 2015.
CADET GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS
106 – IZZAK OLEJNIK – 6TH PLACE
113 – MASON HARTSHORN – 7TH PLACE
126 – PATRICK RAMIREZ – NATIONAL CHAMPION
145 – PEYTON OMANIA – 2ND PLACE
145 – MICHAEL ZARAGOZA – 8TH PLACE
195 – BONIFCACIO ESCOBAR – 6TH PLACE
195 – DANNY SALAS – 8TH PLACE*
220 – JAKE LEVENGOOD – 7TH PLACE
285 – GAVIN NYE – 2ND PLACE*
CADET FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS
195 – DANNY SALAS – 7TH PLACE*
285 – GAVIN NYE – 5TH PLACE*
JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS
106 – LIAM CRONIN – 3RD PLACE*
106 – OSCAR NELLIS – 8TH PLACE
113 – RANDON MIRANDA – 5TH PLACE
132 – NATE CERVANTEZ – 5TH PLACE
145 – JOSHUA CORTEZ – 5TH PLACE
195 – DAVIT STEPANYAN – 6TH PLACE
220 – CRISTIAN AYALA – 5TH PLACE*
JUNIOR FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS
106 – LIAM CRONIN – 2ND PLACE*
126 – NAVONTE DEMISON – 2ND PLACE
145 – ZANDER WICK – 5TH PLACE
152 – EVAN WICK – 2ND PLACE
152 – LUKE TROY – 4TH PLACE
220 – CRISTIAN AYALA – 5TH PLACE*
220 – DARRYL AIELLO – 6TH PLACE
2015 CADET WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS
95 – DIONA FREITAS – 4TH PLACE
95 – NIKKI MAE SUMAGANG – 5TH PLACE
95 -TRINA NGUYEN – 8TH PLACE
101 – ALLEIDA MARTINEZ – NATIONAL CHAMPION
101 – TRINITY OREDINA – 8TH PLACE
108 – VICTORIA BORREGO – 4TH PLACE
115 – GRACIE FIGUEROA – NATIONAL CHAMPION*
115 – NGUYET TRAN – 5TH PLACE
115 – ALYSSA ACEVAL – 6TH PLACE*
132 – CASSANDRA OLIVE – 2ND PLACE*
132 – JENNA GARCIA – 5TH PLACE
143 – TAEA REGUA – 7TH PLACE
154 – KYLIE BAKER – 3RD PLACE
154 – DEIDRA VALLES – 6TH PLACE
154 – MARLENE SALINAS – 7TH PLACE
172 – TANIA SANCHEZ – 2ND PLACE
198 – KATELYN BLANCHARD – 3RD PLACE*
JUNIOR WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS
97 – HIBA SALEM – 7TH PLACE
97 – DIONA FREITAS – 8TH PLACE
105 – SARIYAH JONES – NATIONAL CHAMPION
105 – ALEEAH GOULD – 2ND PLACE
112 – BRITTANY WYNN – 5TH PLACE
112 – LAUREN MASON – 7TH PLACE
117 – GRACIE FIGUEROA – NATIONAL CHAMPION*
117 – ALYSSA ACEVAL – 4TH PLACE*
117 – LAYLANI ALLEN – 7TH PLACE
117 – TIANA JACKSON – 8TH PLACE
121 – RICKI LIANG – 2ND PLACE
121 – DELILAH HOUCK – 7TH PLACE
125 – GABRIELLE GARCIA – 2ND PLACE
125 – MIA DOW – 7TH PLACE
125 – JULISSA TAITANO – 8TH PLACE
130 – JENNA GARCIA – 5TH PLACE
130 – ISMILEYNA VALLES – 7TH PLACE
130 – CASSANDRA OLIVE – 8TH PLACE*
139 – RACHEL BUTLER – 6TH PLACE
148 – SOLIN PIEARCY – 5TH PLACE
159 – NICOLE DIAZ – 3RD PLACE
159 – OPHELIA LARA – 5TH PLACE
172 – SYDNIE THEISEN – 2ND PLACE
172 – KENDALL REUSING – 3RD PLACE
172 – CELYCIA SANDOVAL – 7TH PLACE
198 – VICTORIA ESPINOZA – 2ND PLACE
198 – KATELYN BLANCHARD – 6TH PLACE*
198 – LEILI LEMMONS – 8TH PLACE
TEAM CHAMPIONS/DUAL MEET CHAMPIONS
PAST TEAM CALIFORNIA ALL-AMERICANS